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The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases$
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Roger Shuy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926961.001.0001

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Fighting off a quid pro quo proposition

Fighting off a quid pro quo proposition

(p.29) [3] Fighting off a quid pro quo proposition
The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases

Roger W. Shuy

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses a case of sexual misconduct that occurred in the workplace. This case involved Candie and her primary care physician, Dr. Mark Berger, who apparently asked for sexual favors after Candie asked him to refer her to a neurologist that he knew. Due to the small amount of data available—Candie presented two recordings of her thirty-minute meetings with Dr. Berger—the author used close reading, or explication de text, in order to analyze these conversations. These conversations demonstrate classic examples of verbal dueling, which usually occurs between two people who have separate agendas, and the safe haven conversational strategy, where a person returns to his/her safe haven topics whenever it becomes obvious that he/she is unable to get the other person to agree to his/her agenda.

Keywords:   sexual favors, close reading, explication de text, verbal dueling, safe haven conversational strategy, agenda

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